A body found in a lake at a university was that of a woman, police have said.

Officers were called to the lake at the University of East Anglia (UEA) at 8.40am on Thursday after an angler reported seeing the body floating face-down near a small beach area.

Norfolk Police have not commented on whether the woman may have been swimming in the lake.

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The lake on UEA's site

The beauty spot is about 200 metres from university buildings.

Several signs make it clear swimming is forbidden but members of the public could be seen swimming and paddling in the nearby River Yare as temperatures topped 25C (77F).

A police spokesman said: "Initial inquiries have been carried out with UEA and at this stage it is believed all students have been accounted for."

While some summer camps are currently being held on the campus, most students have left for the summer holidays.
Graduation ceremonies and leaving balls took place last month.

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The University of East Anglia

A UEA spokeswoman said: "We were informed that a body was reported in University Broad shortly before 9.00am.

"We have no further details at this time. The university will be fully supporting the police with their inquiries."

In a later statement, the UEA added: "As far as we are able to, we have accounted for staff, students and visitors on summer schools and conferences, and we have not been made aware of anybody reported missing.

"Swimming is strictly prohibited in the Broad. There are 18 warning signs positioned around it at regular intervals, along with 11 lifebelts which are checked every two weeks.

"The area around the UEA Broad is also patrolled regularly by estates and security staff."

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  • Woman's body found in university lake

    Police cordon at the Broad on the campus of the University of Anglia where the body of a woman was found floating face down near a small beach area.

  • Woman's body found in university lake

    Police cordon off the Broad on the campus of the University of Anglia where an angler reported seeing the body of a woman floating face down near a small beach area.

  • Woman's body found in university lake

    Police cordon off the Broad on the campus of the University of Anglia where an angler reported seeing the body of a woman floating face down near a small beach area.

  • Woman's body found in university lake

    Police cordon at the Broad on the campus of the University of Anglia where the body of a woman was found floating face down near a small beach area.

  • Woman's body found in university lake

    Police cordon at the Broad on the campus of the University of Anglia where the body of a woman was found floating face down near a small beach area.

  • The lake at UEA

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  • Woman's body found in university lake

    Norfolk Fire and Rescue search the Broad on the campus of the University of East Anglia after the body of a woman was recovered from the water earlier today.

  • Woman's body found in university lake

    Norfolk Fire and Rescue search the Broad on the campus of the University of East Anglia after the body of a woman was recovered from the water earlier today.